花見 – Portrait with FujiFilm Superia 200

 AREKU photosession botaniska Lund photo by Melva Nikon F80 Superia 200

Last Saturday I attended an informal picnic hosted by my friend Melva in the Bontanical Garden of Lund. During this, we had time for a spontaneous photo shoot with my Nikon F80 & Nikkor 50mm 1:1,8 loaded with FujiFilm Superia 200. I’m still amused by the characters of the Superia, although being a consumer film intended for “all-round use”, it works really well as a portrait film. Below is a couple of shots from that afternoon with the previously mentioned setup.

 AREKU photosession botaniska Lund photo by Melva Nikon F80 Superia 200

AREKU photosession botaniska Lund photo by Melva Nikon F80 Superia 200

AREKU photosession botaniska Lund photo by Nikon F80 Superia 200

AREKU photosession botaniska Lund photo by Nikon F80 Superia 200

 

What are your opinions on Superia 200 for portraits – could it be a match for Kodak Portra 160?

AREKU photosession botaniska Lund photo by Nikon F80 Superia 200

Check out some of my previous posts for more analogue pictures from 2017:

Concert photo with film – The Cho Berry Ba’s (Superia 800)
Snow in March + BTS-images of AREKU

Avalinity in Copenhagen / Street photo (Kodak Portra 160)

Analogue Kitty (FujiFilm x-Tra 400)
In Forest (FujiFilm 800)

Fields of (Kodak) Gold

Barbed Wire Roses

Long after Midnight in Malmö (w. FujiFilm Superia 1600)

Samsung Fino 20S (w. FujiFilm Superia 200)

Fujica MF (w. Fuji Superia 200)

Color in B&W (Ilford XP2 400)

Analogue Streetphoto
Sunny Days
Through Snow and Mist

 

3 Responses to “花見 – Portrait with FujiFilm Superia 200

  • Sweetheart,

    What do I think? I agree, the Superia 200 works surprisingly well for portraits. In general I think it’s a bit smudgier. I like that.

    The Portra really have the classical portrait feel. It does what it’s supposed to. Then you go and make it difficult by taking really not so classical portraits really well with it. I like the one of K in front of the church and the last picture from the Avalinity in Copenhagen / Street photo-post. The blue gives it a kind of serious feel and it has much sharper transitions, but it certainly makes the skin tones shinier. Not to mention wood and marble.

    What I like about the Superia 200 is that it really works all round, creating a more relaxed feel. I think that is why I associate it to family album. More spontaneous and it picks up light and shadows so beautifully. I noticed especially the hair. Probably because it’s a nuisance when I try and ultimately fail to photograph doll wigs. I don’t really like the word natural, but here it comes to mind in a positive sense, I think it’s the smooth transitions, nothing really pops up at you instead the whole composition appeals to the eye. Also I have always had a soft spot for the paler skin look and the contrast between skin and black clothes was really my kind of thing.

    And wooow for your advancement in shooting with film!! It’s wonderful to see.

    As for is it a match for? Yes, it certainly is.
    I really like both, but for life portraits I’m all for the Superia 200. It’s a bit gentler without losing any appeal. Combined with your skills, magical!

    • Thanks for writing your thoughts on this subject!
      Superia 200 (and 400 for that matter) is a bit more saturated film than Portra 160, and with that also comes the smudge. Seeing as skintones, Portra 160 should be the superior film, but I find the Superia handles different skintones just as good (if not better) under certain circumstances as Portra. The same goes for sharpness – 160 has finer grains. In conclusion, I see Superia (both 200&400) as a good film for most occasions, including portraiture.

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